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Catharine Brown Paige

Other Name:
Catharine Parker Brown; Catherine Parker Brown
March 18, 1820
Home Town:
Brimfield, MA
Paul Whitcomb Paige (April 28, 1863)
Biographical Notes:
Catharine Brown Paige was the daughter of James Brown, a businessman, and his wife Emily Field Brown. Registered from Brimfield, Massachusetts, Catharine attended the Litchfield Female Academy in 1832. In 1863 she married Paul Whitcomb Paige, a politician and noted social activist from Hardwich, Massachusetts.

Years at LFA:

help The Citation of Attendance provides primary source documentation of the student’s attendance at the Litchfield Female Academy and/or the Litchfield Law School. If a citation is absent, the student is thought to have attended but currently lacks primary source confirmation.

Records for the schools were sporadic, especially in the formative years of both institutions. If instructors kept comprehensive records for the Litchfield Female Academy or the Litchfield Law School, they do not survive. Researchers and staff have identified students through letters, diaries, family histories and genealogies, and town histories as well as catalogues of students printed in various years. Art and needlework have provided further identification of Female Academy Students, and Litchfield County Bar records document a number of Law School students. The history of both schools and the identification of the students who attended them owe credit to the early 20th century research and documentation efforts of Emily Noyes Vanderpoel and Samuel Fisher, and the late 20th century research and documentation efforts of Lynne Templeton Brickley and the Litchfield Historical Society staff.
1832 Litchfield Female Academy Summer Session Catalogue (Vanderpoel, Emily Noyes. Chronicles of A Pioneer School From 1792 to 1833. Cambridge, MA: The University Press, 1903).
Secondary Sources:
Hyde, Red. Charles M. Historical Celebration of the Town of Brimfield. Springfield, MA: The Clark W. Bryan Company, Printers, 1879.

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